City of Benicia

A hidden gem of the San Francisco Bay Area, Benicia is located between San Francisco and Sacramento on the Carquinez Strait. As a waterfront city of 28,000, Benicia is known for its small-town charm, history and high quality of life, offering an abundance of leisure and recreational activities for all who live, work and play in Benicia.

Benicia boasts an exceptional park system, nearly 2,000 acres of open space that is central to the community’s character, and an extensive trail system that includes shoreline trails, regional trails, and a range of local open space trails that offer stunning views from Benicia’s shoreline and rolling hills.

Parks and Community Services Department

The Benicia Parks & Community Services Department is committed to improving the quality of life in Benicia by offering a variety of recreational experiences, providing quality facilities and services, protecting natural and historic areas, and developing educational opportunities throughout the City. The department believes in teamwork and providing collaboration with our community partners, striving to provide a culture of enjoyment, fun and celebration.

The Parks Division of the Parks & Community Services Department manages 28 parks totaling approximately 700 acres, including a 577-acre regional park and a 50-acre community park, all of which is managed under a system Master Plan that was adopted in 1997. Much of the infrastructure within the City’s parks have surpassed or are approaching the end of their useful life. The Master Plan will serve as a long-range planning and asset management document that provides a framework for understanding the financial investments needed to maintain and improve the parks, trails and open space assets the City owns. The plan will provide a better understanding of the current and future maintenance needs and a capital improvement program to guide reinvestment.



Can anyone participate in this project?

Yes, this is a community-input driven process and the outcome and future recommendations will be driven by the needs and vision articulated by the community members.

How do I participate in the process?

Through the Participate section on this website – www.LoveBeniciaParks.com you can provide open ended suggestions, respond to the online survey, know the dates for open public meetings and even share feedback through social media as well. You can also contact City staff via the email address and phone numbers listed at the bottom of this page.

What is the project duration?

The project duration from start to finish is 24 months, with an anticipated completion date in early 2023.

Who is responsible for this master plan?

The City of Benicia’s Parks and Community Services Department, with support from the Public Works and Community Development Departments. The City has contracted with a multi-firm consulting team comprised of RHA Landscape Architects-Planners, PROS Consulting, WRT Planning + Design, and the ETC Institute.

Where can I find information for the project?

Project information including key meeting dates, completed technical reports, and final documents will be made available to the community through this project website, and also on the City of Benicia’s website at ci.benicia.ca.us.